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BrewDog Abstrakt AB:09

Formerly brewed at BrewDog
Style: Imperial Stout
Ellon, Aberdeenshire, Scotland
Serve in Snifter


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RATINGS: 125   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.69/5   SEASONAL: Series   EST. CALORIES: 513   ABV: 17.1%
AB:09 is a 17.1%, Cranachan Imperial Stout, brewed in September 2011, and has been peacefully maturing in our amazing single grain whisky barrels since. The Cranachan Imperial Stout was inspired by the famous Scottish desert, and was brewed with a mountain of dark malts, loads of oats, Scottish heather honey and local raspberries. The beer was then transferred to oak casks to mature for 6 months.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
arminjewell (9262) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 7, 2014
Pour out of 375 mL bottle, thanks Aaron! Thick black pour with no head, aroma brought notes of caramel, molasses, coconut, hints of dark chocolate, roast, hints of earth, slight berry, dark cherry, hints of honey, vanilla. Taste is a mix of dark chocolate, roast, coconut, hints of earth, roast, slight honey, vanilla, hints of berry, raspberry, finishing fairly sweet, slightly dry.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
Christopsy (137) - SCOTLAND - MAR 5, 2014
Drank and noted on 3 December 2012. Absolutely out of this world. A real big boy beer, full of honey and raspberries with small whiskey notes...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Theydon_Bois (17239) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - JAN 28, 2014
UPDATED: JAN 30, 2014 Bottle at the pre Bamberg tune up in the Sham, big thanks to Kenny #2303/5754, 23/01/14. Pitch black with a moderate tan covering that dissipates to a swirl. Nose is big roast malt, dark chocolate, smoke, spice, dark fruit twang, whisky notes. Taste comprises subtle BA whisky, dark chocolate, molasses, boozey leanings. Full bodied, fine carbonation with a booze laced closure. Nice stuff, holding up well, booze well integrated for 17% !

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
madmitch76 (22410) - , Essex, ENGLAND - JAN 27, 2014
23rd January 2014
Pre Bamberg bash tasting at Colin’s house with Mr Bois and James. Almost opaque dark brown beer, little tan head. Palate is smooth and a little dry. Mild minerally carbonation. Dark chocolate malt with lightly tangy dark fruits. Spicy fruity whisky. The dark choc turns tangy before a semi dry finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ansalon (3041) - Stockholm, SWEDEN, SWEDEN - NOV 22, 2013
Pours black with no head. Aroma is dark dried fruit, muscovado sugar, figs, dates, sherry. Taste is muscovado sugar, honey, figs, dates, caramel, vanilla, whisky. Very smooth and drinkable, despite the abv. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
zacgillbanks (4540) - Tyne & Wear, ENGLAND - OCT 31, 2013
Bottle from Trembling Madness, Stonegate, York. This inky black beer has red ruby highlights and pours without any sort of head. It has an initial blackberry, raspberry and red-fruity flavour with spicy warming liquorice, tartness, vanilla and leather notes and an extremely powerful alcoholic fruity finish. Very good, but a bit too strong in the alcohol department for my liking.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jookos (5604) - FINLAND - SEP 24, 2013
Bottle #1802. Black. Dark fruity, rubbery burnt ashy nose. Quite intensive, but not as salty licorice- like as many hefty RISes. Thick bodied, but not unpalatable. Rather smooth actually without being overly sweet, even if there’s virtually no carbonation. Oak, alcohol, smoke, some tar, and dark, dark, berries flavour-wise. Ok, but not mind shattering. Long finish, but easily forgot.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
tmrmwel (1836) - Bergen, NORWAY - AUG 16, 2013
Bottle, # 4677. Pours a dark translucent red with a small creamy mocha coloured head. Aroma is dark roasted malts, prunes, raisins and dark fruits, as well as spicy whiffs of alcohol and oak. Full creamy body with no carbonation at all. Flavour is sweet with burned malts, kandi, molasses and pepper, as well as fitting notes of oaky alcohol, liquorice, prunes and figs. Massive and quite burned finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Countbeer (6222) - Best of E-Town mit 2 Brauhausen, NETHERLANDS - AUG 11, 2013
Bottle: Many thanks to Madmitch: Served in a Chouffe glass: BottleNo#1434/5754: Small lively brown head-lacing-gone... A completely black colored beer. The aroma is quite withheld, there’s some vinous tones, some red fruit, port, liquorice, tar, liquor, alcohol and oatmeal. Flavours of port, roast, spicy, bitters, tar, liquorice, warmth, some red fruit, wood, spices, hay, hint of raisin, liquor, barley malt roast, brown sugars and peppers. Aftertaste is a mix of spices, roast, oatmeal, barley malt roast, some liquor, raisin, hay and some liquorice... Complex... Low carbo, soft creamy yet spicy mouthfeel, full body and a texture between watery and creamy closer to creamy and close to a bit oily... Very strange, complex, but good beer... Somewhat reminds me a bit of the Mikkeller Black beer. Though it’s a while ago...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
ClubGonzo (5468) - Bergen, NORWAY - AUG 5, 2013
Bottle from Vinmonopolet in Valkendorfsgate, Bergen. My toast for the International Beer Day (which I though was today but turned out to be last Friday... :-P) goes in this one, chin chin beer nerds world wide! ;-) Pours a pitch black body with a somewhat too-rapidly-disappearing miniscule beige head, making the beer look flat within seconds. Weird. Nose is sweet, rich chocolate and cocoa tones, honey, dark malts, nuts, licorice and hints of leather, whisky and wood. Taste is stinging alcohol right off the bat, with loads of dark chocolate and cocoa bursting the palate seconds later. When the initial assault fades in intensity, I get salty licorice, charcoal, whisky and hints of burnt toast and charred caramel. Warming alcohol and leather in the aftertaste. Full body, medium to high carbonation which should have been reduced a bit IMO. Pretty harsh and feisty stuff, I think this one is over the top and would have been more enjoyable at 12-14 or maybe 15 % - alcohol levels at which one most certainly would have been able to appreciate the ingredients more. Or maybe in 5-10 years or so. :-P

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